I really haven’t been in the mood to do this review. It’s partly due to the figure – it’s rather lackluster. It’s also due to Club Infinite Earths falling through. It wasn’t a surprise, but it was still a blow all the same. But, y’know, I can’t help but feel a general bit of malaise about the figures anyway. I’m not the only one – Vault’s pretty much selling his DC figures as quickly as they come in too.
It’s odd because I still want the line to go on in some fashion. I have a list of characters I want that’s a mile long – the font may be have to be large, but it’s still a long list. That really weighs on my mind for Fire because the figure is incomplete without Ice. And it’s not like Ice is just far-off figure that will never happen, we saw her. She was in the now-cancelled subscription. Hopefully, Mattel will find a way to get her released, albeit it as a more-limited, higher-priced figure. JLU limped along & hopefully DCUC has something left in the tank too. Otherwise, my DC toy buyin’ days are done. That’s a sad thought.
Anyway, I mention all that because I’m not sure how much of that big ol’ bowl of “meh” is coloring my feelings on this figure, who I similarly see as at least a bit “meh”. Now, let’s not go crazy here – Fire is not a bad figure. She’s not even close to being the worst and not everyone figure has to knock it out of the park every month. It’d be nice, but that’s not realistic. I guess what I’m trying to say is this. This is Fire. She’s fine. Here’s why.
If you’re not familiar with Fire, she’s technically a Super Friends character (oh noes!). Where she first appeared in the companion comic as Green Fury and was later adapted into the DC Universe in the early 80s first in the Global Guardians and then, more famously, in the Justice League. Her origins were tinkered with now again throughout the 80s, but Beatriz da Costa was more or less a model turned spy turned superhero when she was exposed to a green plasma that initially let her breathe green flame and later turn into a being composed of green flame.
That last part is particularly important because that’s the look I would’ve preferred for this figure. It would’ve been cheaper for Mattel too – standard female buck cast in clear green, add-on parts and paints to get the flames right and Fire would sparkle on my shelf. My whole opening would probably be different. Mattel didn’t go that route though, choosing for the powered down look. And while this is probably my least favorite iteration of her costume, I even like her old Green Fury look better, this was the right costume to go with once they decided on the depowered version. Continue to Page 2…